Crews cleaning up trees and debris after Wednesday’s storm

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) — Leftover damage from the high windstorm that hit central Wisconsin on Wednesday created a lot of work for tree service companies on Thursday.

“There’s a high demand for us to come cleanup, so we’ve been really busy,” Jason Pollack, a worker with Todd’s Tip Top Tree Service said.

News 9 caught up with the crew working on a cleanup site in Wausau on Thursday afternoon.

“With the high winds it blew over half the tree, so we had to come back and set up that bucket truck and take down the rest piece by piece, then slowly clean it up,” Pollack said.

He also mentioned that each site can take up to two hours depending on the extent of the damage leftover.

The extended damage also created a lot of difficulties for first responders at the Wausau Fire Department. Officials there are urging that you use extreme caution during heavy windstorms.

“In the summer when we get high winds like we did the other night, we get a lot of trees down and a lot of branches down over power lines,” Wausau Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeremy Kopp said. “If a power line does go down, even if you think it’s de-energized, pretend that it is energized. Treat all power lines like they’re energized and stay away from them.

He also stated that it’s important to call 911 as soon as you believe a power line is down.

“If it’s down on your home and it’s causing smoke or it’s causing a fire, dial 911 and get outside. If it’s just down on your home and it’s not doing any damage you can just call WPS and they’ll come and service it.”

Wausau extended their storm debris and yard waste site hours. For information on that you can go to http://www.ci.wausau.wi.us/

 

 

Rashad Williams

Rashad Williams

News 9 Reporter

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